Stock Quotes in this Article: MOVE, RBS, SOHU, SXE, YY

MADISON, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- Professional traders running mutual funds and hedge funds don't just look at a stock's price moves; they also track big changes in volume activity. Often when above-average volume moves into an equity, it precedes a large spike in volatility.

Major moves in volume can signal unusual activity, such as insider buying or selling -- or buying or selling by "superinvestors."

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Unusual volume can also be a major signal that hedge funds and momentum traders are piling into a stock ahead of a catalyst. These types of traders like to get in well before a large spike, so it's always a smart move to monitor unusual volume. That said, remember to combine trend and price action with unusual volume. Put them all together to help you decipher the next big trend for any stock.

With that in mind, let's take a look at several stocks rising on unusual volume today.

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YY

YY (YY) is a communication social platform that engages users in real-time online group activities through voice, text and video. This stock closed up 9% at $24.58 on Monday.

Monday's Volume: 680,000

Average Volume: 323,297

Volume % Change: 120%

From a technical perspective, YY ripped higher here right above some near-term support at $22.17 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of YY within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if YY manages to take out its 52-week and all-time high at $25.44 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in YY as long as it's trending above $23 or Monday's low of $22.77 and then once it sustains a move or close above $25.44 with volume that hits near or above 323,297 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then YY will set up to enter new all-time-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $28 to $30 in the near future.

Southcross Energy Partners

Southcross Energy Partners (SXE) provides natural gas gathering, processing, treating, compression and transportation services and natural gas liquids, or NGLs, fractionation services to its producer customers. This stock closed up 2% at $20.98 on Monday.

Monday's Volume: 201,000

Average Volume: 105,551

Volume % Change: 120%

From a technical perspective, SXE trended higher here right above some near-term support at $20.25 with above-average volume. This stock has been moving sideways for the last month and change, with shares trading between $19.69 on the downside and $21.98 on the upside.

Shares of SXE are now starting to move close to triggering a breakout trade above the upper-end of its recent range. That breakout will hit if SXE manages to take out its 50-day at $21.87 and then once it clears more resistance at $21.98 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SXE as long as it's trending above $20.25 or $19.69 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 105,551 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then SXE will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $25 to $26.

Sohu.com

Sohu.com (SOHU) is a Chinese online media, search, gaming, community and mobile service group. This stock closed up 7.2% at $67.57 on Monday.

Monday's Volume: 1.48 million

Average Volume: 725,498

Volume % Change: 130%

From a technical perspective, SOHU ripped higher here right above some near-term support at $62.50 with above-average volume. This move pushed shares of SOHU into new 52-week-high territory and breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance at $66.14. Shares of SOHU are now quickly moving within range of triggering another major breakout trade. That trade will hit if SOHU manages to clear some past overhead resistance at $69.48 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SOHU as long as it's trending above $66.14 and then once it sustains a move or close above Monday's intraday high of $67.75 and $69.48 with volume that hits near or above 725,498 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then SOHU will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $75 to $80.

Move

Move (MOVE) operates an online network of Web sites for real estate search, finance, moving and home enthusiasts and provides an important resource for consumers seeking the online information and connections they need regarding real estate. This stock closed up 8.4% to $11.33 on Monday.

Monday's Volume: 855,000

Average Volume: 247,670

Volume % Change: 236%

From a technical perspective, MOVE spiked significantly higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $11.13 with above-average volume. Shares of MOVE closed off its intraday high of $12.06 to $11.13. This action has now pushed shares of MOVE within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if MOVE manages to take out Monday's high of $12.06 and then once it clears its 52-week high of $12.12 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MOVE as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $11.13 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 247,670 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then MOVE will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $14 to $15.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) is an international banking and financial services company. This stock closed up 4.6% at $10.81 on Monday.

Monday's Volume: 3.05 million

Average Volume: 654,981

Volume % Change: 391%

From a technical perspective, RBS trended higher here with above-average volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last month, with shares soaring higher from its low of $8.86 to its intraday high of $10.87. During that move, shares of RBS have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of RBS within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if RBS manages to take out some past overhead resistance levels at $11.21 and then once it clears its 52-week high at $11.84 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in RBS as long as it's trending above some key near-term support levels at $10.50 or $10 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 654,981 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then RBS will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory above $11.84, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $13 to $14, or even $15.

To see more stocks rising on unusual volume, check out the Stocks Rising On Unusual Volume portfolio on Stockpickr.

-- Written by Roberto Pedone in Madison, Wis.

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At the time of publication, author had no positions in stocks mentioned.

Roberto Pedone, based out of Madison, Wis., is an independent trader who focuses on technical analysis for small- and large-cap stocks, options, futures, commodities and currencies. Roberto studied international business at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and he spent a year overseas studying business in Lubeck, Germany. His work has appeared on financial outlets including CNBC.com and Forbes.com. You can follow Pedone on Twitter at www.twitter.com/zerosum24 or @zerosum24.